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Recession Menu October 30, 2008

For those with a quickly decreasing checking account, Starry Night is offering a “Recession Rescue Plan” menu for those needing a cheap dinner with their cup of joe.

Daily Specials are all $3.95 and include:

  • Monday – Soup Du Jour                                                          
  • Tuesday – Grilled Ham & Cheese with a side salad
  • Wednesday – Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup
  • Thursday – Spagetti with Marinara
  • Friday – Chili with Cornbread

Specials run from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Alley Cat: Politics, Games, Music and Daily Specials October 28, 2008

Alley Cat Coffee shop will be holding an open forum to educate voters on ballot issues on October 28th. The forum starts at 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday night is also game night at Alley Cat. Games include Ticket to Ride, Blokus, Settlers of Catan and Set. Games begin at 7 p.m.

Both events are in the basement on Tuesday, October 28th so visitors are welcome to play their favorite board game while listening in on the ballot issues.

If you are not able to make these events, Alley Cat has a poetry night every Monday at 8 p.m. and an open mic night every Friday night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Alley Cat also offers daily specials listed below:

Sunday – Soup De Jour – $3.00/bowl
Monday – Double Shot – $1.00
Tuesday – $2.45 Chai
Wednesday – Flavored Latte – $2.00
Thursday – $1.00 Ginger Milk
Friday – $5.00 Veggie Sandwich
Saturday – $2.00 Canebrie

The Alley Cat is located between College Avenue and Mason Street, in the alley behind Pizza Casbah.


Reading Coffee Labels October 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — mwarren06 @ 2:10 am

As consumers become more environmentally conscious, businesses are doing all they can to make their product as marketable as possible. This has started a new wave of green, but what do all of these terms mean?

Marty Meitus from the Rocky Mountain News gives us these tips in her article, “New coffee labels, same bargain”.

  • Fair Trade: This ensures that farmers are being paid a set minimum set by TransFair USA. This helps the customer know that they aren’t being ripped off and that they are supporting a company that pays their employees a reasonable wage.
  • Organic: Coffee with this label on it is not grown with the help of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. This is regulated by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture.
  • Single-Origin: Coffee that is taken from one single region.
  • Bird-Friendly: Coffee that is grown under canopy trees, also know as “shade grown”, without disrupting these habitats. This coffee is also organic. This is regulated by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center as well as the Rainforest Alliance Certified. Unfortunately, this label does not hold much weight yet because there is not just one international standard for the requirements of this label.

 This Greentime video also gives a more in depth explanation of these labels and lets you know what to look for and what to avoid.


Coffee Gets Political October 12, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — mwarren06 @ 12:50 am

Customers of 7-11 are casting their unofficial presidential vote by simply picking up some coffee at their local 7-11 convienance store.  The chain’s presidential poll, the 7-Election,  allows customers to choose their cup based on their voting preferences.  McCain supporters will pour their coffee into a Republican red cup and Obama supporters will choose the Democrat’s blue cup.  For those who are still undecided, regular 7-11 cups with the 7-11 logo are available for purchase.   Votes are recorded upon purchase and results are posted here

 “While we don’t bill this as a statistically valid study by any means, it does reach Americans in their hometowns, on their way to work, after school or just going about their everyday lives, ” said 7-11 -Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto in an article in this article. ” “While awareness of this presidential election hardly needs to be raised, 7-Eleven is providing a not-so-subtle daily reminder to its citizen-customers about the importance of voting. Candidates might want to pay attention to this great coffee electorate, and even stop by a local 7-Eleven store to campaign or grab a great cup of coffee.”

How accurate is this poll?  The past two elections have mimicked the results of the 7-11 polls. The poll promotion remains  in action for the entire month of October.  Find your local 7-11 store here.


Starbucks in deep water with environmentalists October 8, 2008

Starbucks has recently been criticized for their use of six million gallons of water each day.  According to an ABCNews article, this is enough to fill an Olympic pool every 83 minutes.

This usage of water comes from their practice of leaving a tap running all day to prevent germ buildup on used spoons and other utensils.

The water waste appears to be a bit contradictory to what the company strives to achieve through the marketing of their “Ethos Water“, a brand of bottled water that contributes a portion of its proceeds to water projects in developing country so children around the world can have access to clean water. The Sun’s investigation into this issue reported that the wasted water “would provide enough daily water for the entire two million-strong population of drought-hit Namibia in Africa “

 The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the company’s branches in Australia have also been highly criticized because of droughts and water restrictions in many areas.

Starbucks  responded in the Chicago Sun-Times by defending themselves and arguing that they have good intentions.

“”We recognize that the . . . amount of water that is used by the system is an issue that needs immediate attention. Starbucks’ challenge is to balance water conservation with the need for customer safety.”

Environmentalist have a different take on the issue.

Do customers care more about safety and service or social responsibility?  How important is it to customers that their coffee shop of choice be environmentally friendly?  Let me know what your opinion is and take my poll below!

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Book Signing Events October 7, 2008

A good coffee experience does exist in south Fort Collins!

Half Moon Bay, a coffee shop, and its bookstore, The Readers Cove, have events for those who want to enjoy a good book while being social. 

This month they have two book signing events:

"Wife Shopping" was winner of the 2007 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize in Fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Oct. 13 – Local author Fiona Cattermole will be signing copies of her book, “Kids and Kaos:Restoring CalmThrough Behavioral Change”, from 10am-12 pm.  Read her blog on parenting here.


Oct. 23 – Local author Steven Wingate will be signing
copies of his new book, “Wife Shopping”, at 6:30 p.m. An 8 page excerpt from his book can be downloaded here or you can listen  while you read the rest of this blog!

Looking for some good reading material? Check out the Reader’s Cove Book Club Picks for October 2008.     

Reader’s Cove and Half Moon Bay are located on 1001 E. Harmony Road, Unit C. 

Business Hours are as follows:

Readers Cove
Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sun – 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m.

Half Moon Bay
Mon – Sat: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sun 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Feed The Hungry October 4, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — mwarren06 @ 9:37 pm

Everyday Joes will host the band, Willet, on Oct 10th.

Willet, based out of Westminster, MD, writes songs that portray their view on the current AIDS epidemic in Africa. 

 “In April of 2008, the band released a full-length “concept album” for Africa called, “VIRUS”, which included 10 songs, a documentary, photos from Africa and an E-book of “writings” explaining the lyrics. The songs were written over a span of two years in hotel rooms, tour buses, coffee shops, airports, tour vans, and on the dirty streets in Africa. The songs were written to challenge the listener, the church, and America to be proactive in fighting the war on poverty.  Following the release of the album, the band left for an 8-month tour across the U.S. in support of the new album.”

Here is a video of Willet during their visit to Africa:

Willet will be joined by another Christian rock band, Rough Draft

Support the cause but not the music?  Make a donation here.

Everday Joes is a non-profit coffee shop located at 144 S. Mason St in Fort Collins.  For more information, please call Everyday Joes at 970-224-4138.